Sunday, 10 September 2017


Ran the second half of the Robin Hood marathon course today plus about 4 extra miles. It's a beautiful trek and makes me a little sad I'm only doing the half. 

Did 17 and a bit miles in 4:06 including getting lost, refuelling and stopping off for a 99. Ice cream counts as carb loading, right?

Friday, 8 September 2017

Leicester 10k

All sort of aches and pains but set a new PB 50:12.
Got a medal this time - free engraving and a free massage after (and a free upgrade to first class on the way home!)

After the race I ran the last few miles of the Leicester marathon course just to check it out. When I do it for real I probably won't 

1) run so slowly
2) stop off to buy a bag
3) stop off to have lunch at Burger King*

*unless I'm WAY ahead of schedule...

In other news I'm now down to 12st 1lb

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Good Times

This week the training has really kicked up a gear. I've run 13.7 miles twice (2:42 on the second one) plus a couple of shorter things. Today I ran another ParkRun PB and got my best position (due, no doubt, to all the bank holiday absentees) and then ran half of the Robin Hood half marathon course as prep for the race.

I also had my weigh in - and I've dropped all my holiday weight plus an extra pound! So I'm back to having lost over 3 stone this year and, with the holiday season over, I'll hopefully keep it off.

So how does a slow carb diet guy celebrate losing three stone? Like this!!!!


Oh, and I've found this documentary so inspiring, I've watched it twice

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Fat Times

Missed my Parkrun PB by 1 second today. My knee was freaking out as I approached the finish line so no big push. Then I lost my son (he went home). At home I got a free gift from Vitality - for entering the 'my summer goal' challenge - I thought it would be a free quote for health insurance, but it turned out to be this nifty little running bumbag 

thanks Vitality!

Two short holidays meant I put on 7lbs (mostly in sweets and red bull while driving) and the cunning plan of sticking to slow carb meals but then eating like a pig in between. 

Back home after 1 day back in training I lost 3lb, so fingers crossed I'll lose the rest of the holiday weight in a week or two.

By the way I discovered an alternative stay awake hack to Red Bull, Coffee and chewing gum. When you stop for a motorway break, do 3 laps of the car park (not in the car you dummy - running!). That wakes you up. 

Snowdon National Park, Wales

South Stack Rock, Wales

Coniston Water (in the distance), Lake District

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Race To The Stones have released their 2018 dates - and it's NOT on my wedding anniversary. I think my plan is to do the Leicester Marathon and not die, and then if I can talk my GLW into letting me do it and it's not sold out then sign up for 2018. If that's not possible, train for 2019 and possibly sign up for one of the shorter events in 2018.

Friday, 4 August 2017


3 Stone to be precise. Or 3 stone, 1lb to actually be more precise. Since starting the Slow Carb diet in Jan this year I've gone from 15.4lbs to 12.3lbs.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

13.7 Miles

...2 bottles of water, 2 bananas and a packet of salted peanuts. 

Today I ran all the way from my Mum's house to my house. Another long standing goal. So I have definitely done a half marathon distance now. It took a little under 3 hours.

As I have had a couple of good (and easy) long runs I have signed up for the Leicester marathon on Oct 15th. I can easy switch to a half if I get cold feet so what I have I got to lose except my toenails?

And I dream of doing Race To The Stones next year. Now that is crazy talk.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Nottingham Sunrise 5k

Got up at the insane time of 4:30am to take part in the Nottingham Sunrise 5k along with 1000 other people and set a new PB!

Then got some free fruit